Dino Dig Cake

This is a simple chocolate dinosaur themed cake I made for a friends birthday. It was easy and quick to make and great for a last minute cake.

I quickly made a chocolate sponge mixture, put it in a lined rectangular tin and whacked it in the oven.
Whilst the cake was cooking I found some left over white icing and moulded a dinosaur skeleton.

Once the cake had cooled, I turned it out onto a cake board and covered completely with chocolate buttercream. I then placed the skeleton carefully on top and made a few "rocks" by painting brown/black food colouring onto some pebble shaped icing. 

I finally sprinkled with cocoa powder to add effect and the cake was complete!

If dinos are not your thing you could also try making a insect themed cake. Instead of the dinosaur bones you could buy a packet of jelly worms and place them all over the cake so it looks like mud and worms!


Turtle Cake

I made this cake based on one I'd seen that won gold in the Cake Show 2009. 

My version is a lot simpler...
 I made a vanilla sponge using a recipe from the bbc good food website. I baked the sponge in a rectangular tin and once cooled I cut out the turtle shape, filled with jam and covered it completely in buttercream. To make the shell and scales I melted a bar of good quality dark chocolate and with a knife thinly spread it over greaseproof paper. Once set I then cut out the plates and stuck on to the buttercream.
For added effect I used brown sugar as sand around the base of the cake. (Crushed biscuit or golden caster sugar would give the same effect).


Pretzel Paradise

If you have ever been to the Bullring in Birmingham you may have come across the amazing pretzel stall (Mr Pretzels) on the bottom floor by Debenhams underneath the escalators.  After visiting this stall time after time I was inspired to have a go at making my own version of these scrummy pretzels. I’ve included the recipe I used in case you want to give them a go yourself!

Pretzel dough
400ml warm water
1 1/8 Tsp of dried yeast
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tsp salt
5oz strong bread flour
15oz plain flour

Soda bath
500ml warm water
2 Tbsp baking soda

For the topping
4 oz butter (melted)
2 ½ oz caster sugar
2 Tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 230ÂșC (or 210 for fan oven).
  2. Put the water into a mixing bowl mix in the yeast until dissolved.
  3. Add the brown sugar and salt and stir.
  4. Mix in the flours and knead until smooth and elastic, and leave for 30 mins in a warm place.
  5. Whilst the dough is proving prepare the soda bath by mixing the water with the baking soda. (I also used this time to grease a baking tray).
  6. Divide the dough into roughly 8 pieces. Roll into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Dip the pretzel into the soda bath then place onto the baking tray.
  7. Leave to prove again in a warm place for about 10 minutes.
  8. Place into the centre of the oven and cook for 8 minutes until golden brown.
  9. In a large bowl mix the sugar and the cinnamon until well combined. Brush each pretzel with the melted butter and then dip into the bowl of cinnamon sugar until fully covered.